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Successful M&A

It's about more than just price

Strategic Communications

September 16, 2015

Successful MA

Companies need to consider communication issues as well as financial and market dynamics to make their deals succeed, as some private equity houses have already discovered.

"Sell in May and go away,” it used to be said. This summer, though, the markets have been gripped by some of the noisiest and highest value M&A activity for a long time with Shire taking a surprise, hostile bid for its US rare disease rival Baxalta, Zurich acquiring RSA and Monsanto withdrawing from the takeover of Syngenta.As confidence returns to the markets we’ll probably see more of these large deals. Meanwhile, private equity will also be very active over the next few years, especially in Europe where PE funds are about to enter a new fund raising cycle as 2007-2013 vintage deals move into exit mode.

As confidence returns to the markets we’ll probably see more of these large deals. Meanwhile, private equity will also be very active over the next few years, especially in Europe where PE funds are about to enter a new fund raising cycle as 2007-2013 vintage deals move into exit mode.

Recent reports on global M&A reveal a surge of activity from Asia into Europe. There will also be a lot of US to Europe activity thanks to some unique arbitrage opportunities, faster growth in the US than in Europe and the highly liquid global debt markets. In particular we believe that Life Sciences as well as Technology, Media and Telecoms are white hot and Financial Services will move into a consolidation cycle again.


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